Cisco and Actility Get Together; Empowers IoT with LoRa Technology

By CIOReview | Monday, February 29, 2016

FREMONT, CA:  Just after being under lime light at the recently held MWC 2016, Actility is again the talk of the town, as it is now engaged with Cisco to deliver IoT solutions using Low Power, Long Range (LoRa) Technology.

LoRa wide area network enables low data rate communications to be efficiently made over long distances by detectors and actuators for IoT applications. Being a part of LoRa Alliance, Actility and Cisco leverage LoRa protocol to accomplish LoRa Alliance’s goal of sharing knowledge and experience to assist interoperability among operators as per the open global standard.

Vikas Butaney, General Manager, IoT Connectivity Business Unit, Cisco said that the collaboration with Actility will enable Cisco to offer a complete LoRA LPWA-based solution to their customers and partners, and open up IoT to an untapped market of billions of battery-powered devices.

Actility, a service provider of Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networks designed ThingPark Wireless network, which transforms normal objects into IoT connected objects. It provides complete software solution for service providers and device vendors to reinforce smart IoT M2M applications. The Cisco’s IoT gateways and Field Network Director tools provide vital link between the LoRa radio connections to sensors and devices, and the global Internet and private customer networks. The combined offering of ThingPark Wireless Platform and Cisco IoT solutions also addresses the necessity of Long Range Wide Area Network (LoRaWAN) and can be deployed directly in client’s premises or offered as Software-as-a-Service model (SaaS).

Oliver Hersent, CTO and CEO, Actility affirms that with the integration of ThingPark into Cisco IoT solutions, operators don’t need to wait for LTE-based IoT solutions: they can bring up massive opportunities in the rapidly rising-up IoT market today. "We're very proud to be able to collaborate with a storied industry leader like Cisco to bring new value to the ThingPark ecosystem. With the Cisco IoT gateway we are ready for multi-sector deployments and location services where sensors can be localized without a GPS!” remarks Hersent.